“Never apologize for your reading tastes.” My local library uses that quote from Betsy Rosenberg as a motto. There’s a lot of wisdom there.
I believe in reading. I think it nurtures the soul, enlightens the mind, entertains the spirit and gives rest to the body. From comic books to mysteries to biography to science to poetry to humor to how-to to history to novels of all sorts, just about any kind of reading is of value.
When my kids were growing up, I always told them I would buy them any book they wanted. So when they wanted the latest Calvin and Hobbes reader or Far Side collection, I got it for them. I thought anything that would encourage and nurture the habit of reading was a good thing. As they have moved into adulthood, I think that’s proven true.
If you saw the list of what I read in 2007, you might have discerned some of my tastes in reading. You saw
* books of spiritual nurture (two on the nature of ministry, one on giving and forgiving, and several by N. T. Wright)
That’s pretty representative of what I read in the course of a year, sometimes a bit more of this and a bit less of that. It’s not as weighty or as light, as much or as little, as varied or as focused as what many of my friends and colleagues read. But I don’t apologize for that.